Thousands of dead fish found in a river in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Fish Kill Alert

A technical committee today investigates the strange death of thousands of fish in a major river in the department of Santa Cruz, in eastern Bolivia, during the weekend.

According to Eber Menacho, departmental director of Natural Resources, the team is deployed to the Rio Grande, and will seek the causes of the incident on suspicion of water pollution.

However, residents of communities located close to the river also ensure that the animals possibly suffocated by the high volume of mud, dragged after torrential rains in recent days.

This is the second case of dead fish reported in Bolivia in less than a week.

Last Tuesday, agricultural authorities of the department of Oruro found thousands of species dead on the shores of Lake Poopó, considered the second largest in the country after Titicaca.

That event will affect more than 780 thousand fishing families with low production in the coming years, as the fish were on procreation age.

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